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Reception - What's happening this half term (summer second half term)?

9th June 2022 Posted by Reception

Can you believe we are about to start our final term in Reception! Here is our planned learning for the Summer term in Reception.

Personal, Social and Emotional development

In school we will be learning to:

  • Develop own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

  • Adapt work to improve outcomes and choose what activities to take part in and with whom.

At home you can:

  • Encourage children to share what they have been learning at school each day / week.

  • Share the new words they have learnt and include these words in everyday conversations.

Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to:

  • Talk about the plans they have made to carry out activities and what they might change if they were to repeat them.

  • To respond to questions and make relevant comments about their own experiences.

At home you can:

  • Encourage children to talk through what they do and think and reflect upon their actions/choices. Would they change anything if they were to do it again?

Physical Development

In school / At home:

  • To learn how to keep safe and healthy in the sun and to continue experimenting with different ways of moving.

  • To further develop pencil skills so that the height of letters is uniform, with descenders and ascenders clear.

PE:

  • Monday—RN

  • Thursday—RB and RMB

  • Friday—RD

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


Literacy

In school we will be learning to:

  • Read and write more complex sentences.

  • Use some basic punctuation correctly.

  • Form letters correctly.

  • Use and apply all Phase 2 and 3 sounds in our reading and writing.

At home you can:

  • Segment and spell more complex words as well as the harder to read and write words we are learning in school.

  • Share a book with your child. Encourage children to make predictions, identify familiar words / sounds and talk about what they liked/disliked about the book. After reading the story ask your child to summarise the main points of the story.

Maths

In school we will be learning to:

  • Be confident with numbers to 20

  • Solve problems by doubling, halving and sharing numbers 1-20.

  • Use a range of mathematical language in everyday conversations.

  • Add and subtract numbers using different strategies eg. fingers, objects, a number line, Numicon.

  • Know some number bonds

At home you can:

  • Cover one number in a set and ask children to identify which one is hidden. Explain why you think that?

  • Encourage children to help with everyday tasks such as cooking — talk about different weights, sizes, amounts.

Understanding of the World

In school/At home:

  • To make observations of animals and plants and talk about how they change/grow over time.

  • Visit the local park, what plants you can see and how do they change over time?

  • To make observations about different materials and make comments about purposes they are used for.

Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be learning to:

  • Explore a variety of materials and textures in order to create an end product.

  • Explore technology, art, music, dance and stories

  • Talk about the ideas and processes which have led to making music, designs, images or products.

At home you can:

  • Encourage your child to create models and pictures with a variety of materials.

  • Encourage your child to talk about what they see, do and make and discuss reasoning behind these ideas.

Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Summer 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.

Don’t forget to follow your child’s class on Twitter and read class blogs on the school website.

Class RN - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Nahar

I can’t believe, how quickly we have come to the end of this half term.

In Maths we have been working hard exploring how two numbers can be put together to make one number. We have also been looking at number bonds to 5 and 10. This is when we find all the number pairs to make the target number. We have also recapped on our odd and even numbers and subitising where the children have to identify the total number of objects without counting. Continue to practice these skills at home.

In Literacy we have been working hard on our sentence writing. We have been trying hard to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing. I have been so impressed with the sentences you have written using your phonics and even adding some of our ‘Harder to Read and Spell Words’ in your work.

We have read lots of fantastic books this half term and learned lots of new language. The children really enjoyed reading Farmer Duck, What the Ladybird Heard and The Little Sunflower story in our Reciprocal Reading lessons. .

We have explored lots of different topics this half term. We really enjoyed learning all about Eid and I enjoyed hearing all the wonderful celebration some of our class had. The children thoroughly enjoyed talking about what they did for Eid and we talked about the similarities and differences between Eid and other festivals such as Christmas, Diwali and Easter.

Now we are in spring we were interested in looking at all the signs of the season changing all around us. We have planted our own broad beans, we have looked after them so carefully and the children are excited to take them home. Don’t forget to water them and look after them. You can always show me how tall they have grown on Twitter and if you get any beans I would love to see that too!

Towards the end of the half term we have been learning all about life on the farm. We had the best time at Mount Pleasant Farm and the children enjoyed seeing farm animals in real life.

In P.E. we have had a wonderful time learning new sports. As we are coming close to the Common Wealth Games, we have been doing some Olympics in P.E.

It has been another successful half term in RN and the children have continuously worked hard and made so much progress.

Thank you for supporting them at home too. Continue to read, write and practice your Maths skills RN. I will see you all for the final term in RN.

Class RMB - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Brown

What a busy half term we have had RMB.

In Literacy we have been working hard on our sentence writing. We have been trying hard to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing. I have been so impressed with the sentences you have written using your phonics and even adding some of our ‘Harder to Read and Spell Words’ in your work.

We have read lots of fantastic books this half term and learned lots of new language, which I have heard you use during conversations. I really enjoyed reading Farmer Duck, What the Ladybird Heard and The Little Sunflower.

In Maths we have been working hard exploring how two numbers can be put together to make one number. It has been so much fun watching you use the LEGO, Numicon and bricks to explore making new numbers. You have also been using, very grown up resources, like a 10s frame. We have also been looking at number bonds to 5 and 10 and I enjoyed when we sang the Farmer Pete song. We have also recapped on our odd and even numbers and Subitising.

We have explored lots of different topics this half term. We really enjoyed learning all about Eid and I enjoyed hearing all the wonderful celebrations some of our class had.

Now we are in spring we were interested in looking at all the signs of the season changing all around us. We have planted our own seeds and watched them start to grow into a Sunflower, we have looked after them so carefully and I am excited to send them home so they can continue to grow. Don’t forget to water them!

Towards the end of the half term we have been learning all about life on the farm. We had the best time at Mount Pleasant Farm and I was so impressed with how you were all so sensible!

In P.E. we have had a wonderful time learning new sports. We have done javelin and running races in preparation for Sports Day.

RMB you are continuously growing into brilliant little learners and I am excited to watch you grow during your last half term in Reception. Enjoy your half term break!

From Miss Brown and Mrs Erdinc

Class RB - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Barnett

Oh no, RB we only have one more term together before you move on to Year 1! We have had such an eventful and busy half term. Our learning has all been linked to the topic of farm animals. We were very lucky to have 5 duck eggs in our class that we cared for.

Unfortunately we didn’t quite get to see any ducks hatch, but looking after the ducklings more than made up for that. We loved having the opportunity to hold them and watch them swim around in our water tray.

We had the most amazing time at the farm when we went to visit. The children’s behaviour was impeccable, I was very proud. We listened carefully to what we were told about the different animals and enjoyed the opportunity to feed them and stroke them. It was a very busy day and we were exhausted by the end of it, but it was worth it.

In Literacy this term, we have been working hard on our sentence writing. We have been trying hard to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in our writing. I have been so impressed with the sentences you have written using your phonics and some of our ‘Harder to Read and Spell Words’.

In Maths we have been working hard exploring numbers. We have also been looking at number bonds to 5 and 10. Some of our lessons this term have involved the ducklings, they were particularly helpful when we were learning our number bonds to 5.

We have done so much this term, starting off with our beans that we planted, I hope they are growing well at home. We really enjoyed learning all about Eid and I enjoyed hearing all the wonderful celebration some of our class had.

RB you are all amazing and I can’t wait for all the fun we have planned next term. Enjoy your half term and I will see you all soon.

Miss Barnett

Class RD - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss David

This half-term has been such a busy, yet exciting one in RD!

The children have enjoyed learning about seasonal changes.

Now that we are in Spring, the children have been observing and noticing the beautiful seasonal changes. We were inspired by the flowers and new leaves we noticed in our outdoor area, so decided to grow some Sunflowers of our own. The children have been taking great care of them. Watering them every day and making sure they were placed in the sunlight. The children took the Sunflowers home to continue looking after them. Feel free to post some pictures of your sunflower, on Twitter, so I can see how tall they are getting.

In our Literacy lessons, the children have really impressed me with their writing. The children have become so much more independent and confident at writing sentences that they have been doing so, during their play. They have even been remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops too! Well done RD! The children are really enjoying our phonics lessons too and it shows because they are using and applying their phonic knowledge when writing and reading.

In Maths, we have been learning about number bonds and composition of number to 10. We have been fascinated to learn that bigger numbers are made up of lots of smaller numbers! We have been using cubes, counters, Numicon and tens frames to help us with our learning.

We have explored lots of different topics this half term. We especially enjoyed learning about Eid and I enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful things you experienced with your family.

The farm trip, was the highlight of our term. We had the best time at Mount Pleasant Farm and I was so impressed how sensible and well-behaved the children were. The children were so excited to meet and feed the animals, and to eat their lunch somewhere different!

In P.E. we have had a great time learning new sports and preparing for Sports Day events. The children have particularly enjoyed running races and chasing games like, dodge ball.

Thank you for another great term RD, and keep up the good work.

Enjoy the holidays!

Miss David & Miss Lewis

Reception - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Reception

This half term Reception are learning about Spring, animals and their habitats


Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to:

  • Talk about animals and their habitats using vocabulary relating to our senses.

  • Respond to questions and make relevant comments about their own experiences and understanding.

At home you can:

  • Share books about different animals and where they live. Discuss the book together and encourage your child to explain what they have learnt from the book. Talk about your senses what words can you use to describe them?

Personal, Social and Emotional development

In school we will be learning to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of rules and expectations.

  • Set and work towards simple goals, set challenges and show perseverance in achieving them.

  • Adapt work to improve outcomes and choose what activities to take part in and with whom.

  • Show sensitivity to your own and others’ needs.

At home you can:

  • Encourage children to share what they have been learning at school each day / week.


Physical Development

In school / At home:

  • To throw, run and jump in a range of different ways.

  • To recognise and name a range of Olympic sports.

PE:

  • Monday—RN

  • Thursday—RB and RMB

  • Friday—RD

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.

Literacy

In school we will be learning to:

  • Read and write more complex sentences.

  • Use punctuation correctly.

  • Form letters correctly.

At home you can:

  • Segment and spell more complex words as well as the harder to read and spell words we are learning in school.

  • Share a book with your child. Encourage children to make predictions, identify familiar words / sounds and talk about what they liked/disliked about the book. After reading the story ask your child to summarise the main points of the story.

Maths

In school we will be learning to:

  • Solve problems by doubling, halving and sharing numbers 1-20.

  • Use a range of mathematical language in everyday conversations.

  • Number bonds to 5 and 10.

At home you can:

  • Practise number formation by writing numbers.

  • Sort numbers into the correct order (smallest to largest / largest to smallest). Talk about the patterns you can see.

Understanding of the World

In school / At home:

  • To name animals and their young

  • To make observations of animals and plants and talk about how they change/grow over time.

  • Visit the local park, what plants you can see and how do they change over time?

Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be learning to:

  • Explore a variety of materials and textures in order to create an end product.

  • Explain the process used to build and create.

At home you can:

  • Encourage your child to create models and pictures with a variety of materials.

  • Sing familiar songs.

Remember …

  • All belongings should be labelled with your child’s name.

  • Book bags need to be brought to school every day.

  • All children need a water bottle in school every day.


Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.

Don’t forget to follow your child’s class on Twitter and read class blogs on the school website.

Class RD - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss David

We have had such an exciting term in RD!

It all began, with World Book Day. The children came to school dressed as their favourite character from a story and they were super excited! It was so lovely to see them expressing their love of reading, through role play and stories.

Next, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day! We shared a story called Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and the children enjoyed the shocking twist, at the end! We incorporated this story into our Literacy lessons by writing some simple sentences about it. We then decided to make some delicious pancakes of our own. The children enjoyed watching them being flipped up in the air! We topped our pancakes with the traditional lemon and sugar topping. The children told me they were delicious.

We have also recapped our healthy eating topic, this term. We explored what it means to have good oral hygiene, and discussed the importance of visiting the dentist. In our Literacy and Maths lessons, we used this topic to help us create some simple sentences to write, and opportunities to count, notice and explore number. By the end of the topic, the children were able to talk about ways to keep their mouth healthy, and they were able to apply their knowledge by making healthy choices, independently.

Our Superhero topic was a very popular one! We focused on the Supertato Story. The children were able to use their knowledge of phonics to generate sentences and successfully write them down in their books. As it was an exciting topic, the children were very enthusiastic about applying their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. The children were choosing to read my special superhero phonic books, independently which was really lovely to see. Our Superhero dress up day was so much fun too! The children were role-playing a lot, that day!

We have also celebrated Easter! The children showcased their Easter Bonnets and one lucky child received a prize for their efforts. We made cards and shared some Easter stories too!

During our Literacy lessons, the children have been reminded to use capital letters, finger spaces and a full stops, when writing a simple sentence. The children have been using all the digraphs and trigraphs that we have learnt so far, really well in their writing. Well done RD!

In Maths we have been counting, recognising numbers, doubling, sharing and halving. We have been so busy, but it have been a wonderful term with you all.

Have a lovely Easter break RD!

Keep up the good work and I will see you soon! Parents, thank you for your continued support.

Miss David and Miss Lewis

Class RMB - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Brown

Wow RMB, what a busy and exciting term we have had!

We have started the half term with World Book Day. It was so lovely to see all the characters from our favourite stories come alive in RMB. Books are appreciated and loved in Reception. Please continue to support your child to read every day. Reading every day will embed an excitement and love for reading. When children see adults excited about reading, they want to replicate the enthusiasm. So, let’s work as a team to get your children reading and writing. If you need any support, please just ask a member of staff

We also started the term off with a yummy celebration, Shrove Tuesday or ‘Pancake Day’! Mrs Erdinc’s Pancake Café filled the classroom with a lovely smell as we tucked into delicious pancakes. We enjoyed the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and started off by writing simple sentences.

We recapped our Healthy Eating Topic and explored the importance of Oral Health. The children are making healthier choices which is great to see. The children can talk about why they need to look after their teeth and why they should be making sensible food choices.

We also enjoyed our Superhero topic! We focused on the Supertato Story and watched out for the Evil Pea to make sure he wasn’t up to any more mischief. I loved all your Superhero costumes!

To finish the Term we have focused on a Monster’s and Alien’s topic we found the Alien’s Love Underpants story hilarious and enjoyed learning through play making aliens out of different materials.

In Literacy we have been writing more than one sentence remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces! We are also trying our best to do this independently using our Digraphs and Trigraphs. We have also been working hard with our reading and now we know so many sounds we are able to enjoy lots of different stories.

In Maths we have been looking at Positional Language, 1 more and 1 less, comparing quantities, doubling and halving. The children worked so hard and have used their new Maths knowledge in our continuous provision throughout activity time.

In PE we have become dancing Queens and Kings, learning different routines and movements. We carried these routines out showing different emotions and styles of dance. I really enjoyed doing the ‘Hockey Cockey’ like rock stars!

We have also enjoyed Forest School, planting, painting and our favourite Easter egg hunt!

In PHSE we have been learning about keeping our bodies and brains healthy, RMB were so kind when they explained I couldn’t have sandwich with chocolate spread, biscuit filled with a sprinkle of sweets and ice cream!

To finish the half term the children enjoyed learning about Easter and took part in an Easter Bonnet competition, this was so much fun.

As always thank you for all your support this half term. Enjoy the Easter Break- make sure you rest those brains! I will see you all soon. Can’t believe we are coming to the end of the academic year soon.

Miss Brown and Mrs Erdinc :)

Class RB - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Barnett

Wow I can’t believe that we have completed another term in Reception already. This year is flying by. We have had so much fun this term and I can see the children are using and applying all that they have learnt so far this year.

We started the term off with World Book Day. It was amazing to see all the characters from various stories come alive in our class. We love listening to and talking about stories which is fantastic. A love of reading is so important to our learning and development and RB certainly enjoy sharing books. It has been wonderful watching how well the children apply their knowledge of sound to read words and sentences independently.

As we were in school for Shrove Tuesday, we of course had to make pancakes. It was very exciting watching Miss Erdinc toss them up in the air. She did very well and didn’t drop any! We read the story Mr Wolf’s pancakes and tried to predict what would happen at the end. None of us thought that Mr Wolf would eat up all of his neighbours.

After eating all those pancakes with their sugary toppings we had to talk about oral health and the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. RB are very knowledgeable about this now and many children have also shared their own experiences of going to the dentist. We are able to make and talk about healthy choices.

Next, we started our Superhero topic. This is always great fun and the children got to hear lots of stories from the ‘Supertato’ collection. These books really captured our imaginations and we even had the ‘Evil Pea’ hiding in our classroom! Luckily, RB are fantastic at finding any intruders in our class and were able to find him each morning before he could cause any mischief.

In maths we have explored number and are now very good at talking about more, less and doubling. We have practised recognising number patterns so that we don’t have to count how many are in a group and will continue to work on this next term.

Our new phonics scheme has proved very successful, we enjoy our writing challenge every day when we need to beat the timer. RB are so much more confident in writing words and sentences using our phonic knowledge and we will continue working on this for the rest of the school year.

Throughout the term, the children have enjoyed PE, Forest School, Music, RE and dancing in RB.

To finish the half term the children enjoyed learning about Easter and took part in an Easter Bonnet competition.

Thank you for all your support this half term. Enjoy the break and I will see you all soon. Can’t believe we are coming to the end of the academic year soon.

Take care, Miss Barnett 😊

Class RN - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Nahar

This half term we started the new term with World Book Day. It was amazing to see all the characters from various stories come alive in RN. Books are appreciated and loved in Reception. Please continue to support your child to read every day. Reading every day will embed an excitement and love for reading. When children see adults excited about reading, they want to replicate the enthusiasm. So, let’s work as a team to get your children reading and writing. If you need any support, please just ask a member of staff.

Now let me tell you what we have been up to in RN this half term. We have had lots of fun learning about Shrove Tuesday. We read the story ‘The runaway Pancake’ and made pancakes in celebration. We practised writing simple sentences about the story in Literacy and discussed positional language in Maths.

Then we revisited our topic on healthy living, and we focussed on oral health. We are beginning to understand why looking after our teeth is very important. The children are making healthier choices which is great to see. The children can talk about why they need to look after their teeth and why they should be making sensible food choices. In maths we focussed on 1 more and 1 less. The children found finding 1 less from a given number challenging so we continued to practise this concept in our continuous provision in class.

Next, we started our Superhero topic which the children were so excited about. This topic is always popular in Reception including staff. In Literacy we read the story ‘Supertato’ and used our phonics knowledge to write more than one sentence. The children are using their phase 2 and 3 phonics well. In Maths we continued to compare quantities focussing on more and fewer. The children were encouraged to use mathematical language and explain their reasoning. This topic was continued the following week and the children thoroughly enjoyed learning to halve in Maths and loved dress up day as their favourite superhero. In Literacy we wrote messages to mums for Mother’s Day. The children enjoyed talking about why they love their mums and what they can do for them on this special occasion.

After that, we began our Aliens and Monster topic. Again, another interesting and exciting topic in Reception. In Maths, we began the concept of doubling numbers practically. In Literacy, we read the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and wrote sentences to match our phonics knowledge.

Throughout the term, the children have enjoyed PE, Forest School, Music, RE and dancing in RN. We also took part in whole school Muscular Dystrophy Day. The children were excited to raise money for a very important charity. Muscular Dystrophy impacts children and adults. We were proud to support this charity and show our support to a family at Yardley Primary School.

RN also enjoyed learning about Comic Relief. They loved my jokes!

To finish the half term the children enjoyed learning about Easter and took part in an Easter Bonnet competition.

Thank you for all your support this half term. Enjoy the break and I will see you all soon. Can’t believe we are coming to the end of the academic year soon.

Take Care Miss Nahar 😊

Reception - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Reception

This half term Reception are learning about Oral health, Superheroes and Aliens.


Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to:

  • Explain own understanding of how to be healthy and look after our teeth.

  • To respond to questions and make relevant comments about what has been read.

At home you can:

  • Talk in detail about different books, encourage children to share their thoughts and understanding and to ask questions to find out more.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

In school we will be learning to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to follow instructions involving several actions/instructions.

  • Adapt work to improve outcomes and choose what activities to take part in and with whom.

At home you can:

  • Encourage children to share what they have been learning at school each day / week.

Physical Development

In school / At home:

  • To move in time to music and to move rhythmically.

  • Children to listen and respond to the beat.

PE:

  • Monday—RN

  • Thursday—RB and RMB

  • Friday—RD

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.

Literacy

In school we will be learning to:

  • Form letters correctly.

  • Use punctuation correctly.

  • Read and write sentences using the new digraphs we have learnt

  • Read words and books that contain the new digraphs we have learnt

At home you can:

  • Segment and spell simple words as well as the harder to read and spell words we are learning in school.

  • Share a book with your child daily.

  • Encourage children to identify familiar words / sounds and talk about what they liked/disliked about the book.

Maths

In school we will be learning to:

  • Compare quantities

  • Solve problems by doubling, halving and sharing numbers 1-20.

  • Use a range of mathematical language in everyday conversations.

At home you can:

  • Practise number formation by writing and / or sorting numbers into the correct order (smallest to largest / largest to smallest)

  • Look for patterns and shapes in the environment and use mathematical language to describe what is seen.

Understanding of the World

In school/At home:

  • Observe changes in the natural world. What signs of Spring can you see?

  • Observational drawings of the signs of Spring

Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be learning:

  • Make use of props to support story telling

  • Use a variety of tools, materials and techniques when creating props

At home you can:

  • Encourage your child to perform songs / dances / movements we have been learning in school.

Remember …

  • all belongings should be labelled with your child’s name.

  • book bags need to be brought to school every day.


Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.

Don’t forget to follow your child’s class on Twitter and read class blogs on the school website.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.

Class RB - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Barnett

What a fantastic start to this New Year. We have been using a new phonics program called Essential Letters and Sounds and the children have really embraced this way of learning our sounds and words. It has been amazing watching how everyone has become so much more confident is segmenting and blending words to write captions and sentences. Well done RB you are fabulous!

We are becoming great mathematicians. We have especially enjoyed the recent number day where we dressed up as a number and took part in lots of fun activities in the classroom. Of course, one of our favourite activities is having a number party where we get to find numbers in the environment and complete challenges by making different numbers. We are beginning to understand odd and even numbers and subitising which is recognising number patterns without counting all the objects. Our recent work on repeated patterns has shown that we are fantastic at this and we were able to repeat some quite long patterns.

In PE we have been doing gymnastics. We have learnt different rolls and how to control different parts of our bodies. We also had some equipment out to jump off. We are very brave in RB are all had a go at jumping off the high one.

In Forest school we have taken part in the national bird watch and spotted lots of birds. We have also been exploring the area and working as a team to complete tasks.

In the final week of term we celebrated Valentine’s Day. I hope you all liked the cards the children brought home. I wonder if they shared the Valentine cookies we made with you.

There have been so many great activities that we have taken part in this term. I’ve got to say I was super impressed with our drumming skills, I think we might have some rock stars in RB! Have a wonderful half term everyone and we will see you soon for another term of fun and exploration.

Class RD - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss David

Happy New Year to you all!

We have had lots of fun celebrating the New Year and have had a discussion about New Year resolutions. I hope you are still working towards achieving yours!

We have started 2022 with a new phonics program called Essential Letters and Sounds. So far, the children have enjoyed learning some new digraphs and trigraphs. They have enjoyed writing in their new phonics workbook, and they absolutely love to read!

We have been applying our phonic knowledge to write words, captions and sentences. The children are doing really well so far. Keep up the good work RD!

In Maths, we have started to explore Subitising. This is the ability to instantly recognise amounts. This has enabled the children to work out simple calculations with greater accuracy and speed.

We have also been busy learning about odd and even numbers, in Maths. We are beginning to understand what makes an odd number odd, and even number even.

We have been really creative and have enjoyed making repeated patterns too. The children were great at this and made patterns with everything and anything! From socks, to cubes, to wooden blocks, and people! Well done RD!

Number Day was a highlight, this term! The children loved dressing up as their favourite Number and they were able to talk about why they chose that particular number too.

This term, we have celebrated Chinese New Year. We learnt how it is celebrated and why each year is named after an animal. To help us learn this, we shared the Chinese New Year Story.

The children really enjoyed learning about life ‘Under the sea’. They enjoyed watching some videos of sharks and dolphins in their natural habitat and were fascinated by the sounds they make.

Our topic this term, for P.E., is gymnastics. We have been looking at different ways to travel, balance and jump off the equipment. I think we have some future gymnasts in our class!

At Forest School, we have enjoyed bird watching. We encouraged the birds to visit our school by making bird feeders. The children stayed nice and quiet so they didn’t scare the birds away!

To finish off the half term, we have enjoyed Valentine’s Day celebrations. We spoke about how to show someone we care and we made them some lovely cards and drew some beautiful pictures.

Enjoy your break!

Miss David and Miss Lewis

Class RMB - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Brown

Wow RMB, what a busy term we have had. You have really started the New Year off brilliantly. We have done so many things and you have grown so much!

We have started the New Year with a new phonics program, Essential Letters and Sounds, you have worked so hard learning new digraphs and even a trigraph! You have then in Literacy used your knowledge to write captions and sentences, in our new work books. How grown up!

In Maths we have been equally busy learning our odd and even numbers, we had lots of fun making odd numbers out of different objects. We have started to explore Subitising which has been really helpful when using the dice playing snakes and ladders. We have been really creative and enjoyed making repeated patterns, I think my favourite patterns is when we lined up boy, girl, girl. Towards the end of the half term we enjoyed Number Day! I loved all your number day outfits and we had lots of number challenges which you all did brilliantly.

We have had lots of fun celebrating our New Year and talking about New Year resolutions. Have you managed to achieve yours yet? I am still working hard on my Netball skills.

We have also learned about Chinese New Year, we looked at how they celebrate and why each year is named after an animal. We found out that we have lots of Monkeys and Roosters in our class. Can you remember what animal 2022 is? We had our own Chinese New Year parade around school and enjoyed Chinese noodles to finish off our topic.

I have really enjoyed learning about ‘under the sea’. We took a trip on a submarine to explore the world beneath the surface, we even saw a ship wreck! We then read snail and the whale and loved exploring new language.

In PE we have started a gymnastics topic, we have been looking at different ways to travel, balance and jump. I believe we could have some future gymnast in our class.

We have enjoyed bird watching in Forest School, we encouraged the birds by making bird feeders then staying nice and quiet so we wouldn’t scare them.

To finish the half term we have enjoyed Valentine’s Day celebrations, we spoke about how to show someone we care for them. We made brilliant cards and tried hard using our phonics to help us.

RMB you continuously blow me away with your perseverance and can do attitude. You constantly uphold our Yardley Primary values, inspire, aspire and teamwork. I can’t wait to watch you grow and achieve next half term!

Well Done from Miss Brown and Mrs Erdinc.

Class RN - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Nahar

This half term we started the New Year with a new phonics programme, Essential Letters and Sounds, the children have worked so hard learning new digraphs and even a trigraph! It has been amazing seeing all the excellent consolidation work being taken place at home. Please continue to support your child to read and write. Children must read every day. This will embed an excitement and love for reading. When children see adults excited about reading they want to replicate the enthusiasm. So let’s work as a team to get your children reading and writing. If you need any support, please just ask.

Now let me tell you what we have been up to in RN this half term. We have had lots of fun celebrating our New Year and talking about New Year resolutions. Have you managed to achieve yours yet?

In Maths we have been equally busy learning our odd and even numbers, we had lots of fun making odd numbers out of different objects. We have started to explore Subitising which has been really helpful when using the dice playing snakes and ladders.

We have been really creative and enjoyed making repeated patterns. Towards the end of the half term we enjoyed Number Day! I loved all the number day outfits and we had lots of number challenges which they did brilliantly.

In Literacy the children have used their knowledge to write captions and sentences in their new work books. How grown up! I can see how their phonics learning is impacting on their writing.

In PE RN started a gymnastics topic, we have been looking at different ways to travel, balance and jump. I believe we could have some future gymnast in our class. Have you seen the videos on Twitter celebrating their achievements in PE?

The children enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year, we looked at how Chinese people around the world celebrate and why each year is named after a different animal. We found out that we have lots of Monkeys and Roosters in our class. Can you remember what animal 2022 is?

The children also really enjoyed learning about ‘under the sea’. We then read snail and the whale and loved exploring new language.

The children really enjoyed bird watching in Forest School too, we encouraged the birds by making bird feeders then staying nice and quiet so we wouldn’t scare them.

We also took part in whole school Safer Internet Day. It was a great fun day of learning to keep safe online. The children took part in many activities related to staying safe online. They even took part in a competition. It was so hard to choose 2 children so I chose 10 children in class and sent 2 names and their work to Mr Walmsley. Those children were given a certificate for their excellent campaign posters #PLAYYOURPART.

To finish the half term the children enjoyed Valentine’s Day celebrations, we spoke about how to show someone we care for them. We made brilliant cards and tried hard using our phonics to help us. The big treat was making Valentine’s Day cookies to take home for our loved ones and share.

Thank you for all your support this half term. Enjoy the break and I will see you all soon. Can’t believe we are half way through the year!

Miss Nahar

Reception - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Reception

Literacy

In School:

Focus activities will help develop our reading skills to read simple words and sentences independently. This will be extended to support the children’s writing of simple words and sentences to communicate meaning.

At Home:

  • Segment and spell simple words as well as the sight words we are learning in school.

  • Share a book with your child. Encourage children to identify familiar words / sounds and talk about the story.


C and L (Communication and Language)

In School:

  • We will be listening to find out about different seasons and environments. We will be responding to what we have learnt by sharing our thoughts and ideas with others. Through this we can develop new language skills and vocabulary.

At Home:

  • Ask your children to tell you a story about a character that interests them.


PD (Physical Development)

In School / At Home

  • To experiment with different ways of moving and balancing on different parts of the body.

PE / PD

PE – Please remember to come to school dressed for PE on the appropriate day.

  • Monday—RN

  • Thursday—RB and RMB

  • Friday—RD

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional development)

In School:

  • Children will be developing skills in asking appropriate questions to extend knowledge and understanding and encouraging each other to build confidence in sharing knowledge and experiences with others.

At Home:

  • Encourage children to share what they have been learning at school each day / week.

Maths

In School:

  • We will be ordering numbers 0-10 comparing two groups saying which group has more and which has less.

  • We will be finding out how many objects are in two groups by counting all of them.

  • We will also be learning how to recognise amounts without counting each object.

  • Recognise and order Numicon shapes.

At Home:

  • Practise number formation by writing and / or sorting numbers into the correct order (smallest to largest)

  • Recognising numbers in the environment.


Understanding of the World

In School/At Home:

  • To show an interest in our environment. Investigate the world around us and talk about the changes that are happening during the winter.

  • To know about similarities and differences within their community.

Expressive Art and Design

In School:

  • Children will be working together to act out roles, experiences and familiar stories.

  • To learn new songs.

At Home:

  • Join in with your child’s imaginative play. Story role-play.

Remember …

  • all belongings should be labelled with your child’s name.

  • book bags need to be brought to school every day.


Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.

Don’t forget to follow your child’s class on Twitter and read class blogs on the school website.

Class RD - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Miss David

Well done RD! You have successfully completed your first term at school and I can’t believe how fast it has gone! You are an absolute delight to teach and I have had a wonderful time getting to know you all.

During the Autumn term, we have been exploring this beautiful season by collecting leaves, observing the colours, and recognising the change in temperature. The children particularly enjoyed exploring Autumn during our Forest school sessions. We have had so much fun exploring the great outdoors and getting muddy!

This half term we have had a lot of celebrations to learn about. We made Diva lights and Rangoli patterns for Diwali, looked how to stay safe at Bonfire night and explored lots of spooky language for Halloween. We have also been learning about Christmas and how it’s celebrated around the world.

In Phonics, we have learnt all the letter sounds of the alphabet. We have been consolidating our learning over the last couple of weeks and after Christmas, we will move on to learning something new.

In Maths, we have focussed on counting. We have been counting and recognising numbers everywhere! The children are now becoming more confident mathematicians.

We have also celebrated Anti-Bulling Week, with the theme ‘say one kind word’. The children have been complementing each other so well and are becoming more aware and respectful towards the feelings of others.

We have learnt how to stay safe online. We discussed ‘safe adults’ you can talk to if anything makes you feel sad, scared or gives you a ‘funny feeling in my tummy’.

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy the Christmas break with your wonderful family. Thank you so much, for the lovely cards, gifts and kind words.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Take care and stay safe RD!

Miss David & Miss Lewis

Class RMB - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Miss Brown

Merry Christmas children! What a wonderful first term we have had. You have all really embraced life as a Yardley Primary School Member.

This half term we have had a lot of celebrations to learn about. We made Diva lights and Rangoli patterns for Diwali, looked how to stay safe at Bonfire night and explored lots of spooky language for Halloween. Of course we have learnt about Christmas and how it is celebrated around the world, we have even had a visit from Father Christmas’ best friend the Book Fairy, who confirmed we are all on the nice list… keep it up children!

We have had lots of different weather to explore, perfect for our autumn topic. We looked at the trees changing and collected crispy autumn leaves. Can you remember what colour they are? We really enjoyed being outside in Forest School experiencing the weather changes. We also had fun getting muddy, making reindeer and even having our own campfire.

In Phonics we have completed all of our alphabet sounds and we are recognising them in words to help us read. We are starting to recall our sound knowledge when writing and we are starting to write simple words.

In Maths we have been focusing on careful counting, we remembered the rules of counting to help you. We have had fun counting fruit, pompoms and even teeth! I wonder if you can count your baubles on your tree or the chocolate you eat over Christmas. We have also explored simple 2D shapes, we looked at their properties and proving how we know which shape is which.

We have celebrated Anti-Bulling Week, with the theme ‘say one kind word’. RMB are so polite so it was really nice to explore how complimenting each other makes you feel. We discussed what we could do to help people who are feeling sad. There was a lot of laughs when we were telling jokes to make us feel happy!

We have explored how to keep ourselves safe online. We discussed ‘safe adults’ you can talk to if anything makes you feel sad, scared or gives you a ‘funny feeling in my tummy’.

In PE we have been brilliant athletes and practising our ball skills. I think we may have some sports stars in our class.

I have been extremely proud of you determination RMB and I am excited to see you continue to grow and learn in 2022. Have a wonderful break, rest up ready to learn some more really more fun things in Spring Term.

Stay safe and have fun – Miss Brown and Mrs Erdnic

Class RB - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

Well RB that is your very first Autumn term completed at Yardley Primary School. What a wonderful term we have had together, you really are fantastic.

During our Autumn topic we explored all the different weather we have had, we certainly have had a lot of different weather conditions this term. We enjoy collecting leaves when outside and making leaf rubbing pictures. It has also been great fun starting our Forest school sessions. We have had so much fun exploring the outdoor area, getting muddy, making reindeer and even having our own campfire.

In Phonics, we have completed all of our alphabet sounds now and are using this knowledge to help us read. RB you are making great progress in this, well done, you all make me so proud, keep up the hard work.

In Maths, we have been focusing on careful counting. We have had fun counting fruit, pompoms and even teeth! We especially enjoy having a number party in class and finding numbers that are all around our classroom

We have celebrated Anti-Bulling Week, with the theme ‘say one kind word’. RB are so polite so it was really nice to explore how complimenting each other makes you feel. We discussed what we could do to help people who are feeling sad. There was a lot of laughs when we were telling jokes to make us feel happy!

We have explored how to keep ourselves safe online. We discussed ‘safe adults’ you can talk to if anything makes you feel sad, scared or gives you a ‘funny feeling in my tummy’.

This half term we have had a lot of celebrations to learn about. We made Diva lights and Rangoli patterns for Diwali, looked how to stay safe at Bonfire night and explored lots of spooky language for Halloween. We have also been learning about Christmas and how it’s celebrated around the world. Did you know that in Germany, Santa puts sweets in children’s shoes – I hope they don’t smell!

I have thoroughly enjoyed this term with you RB and I hope you have had as much fun as I have. I am amazed at how much you have learnt already since starting school. I have lots more to teach you so enjoy the Christmas break, whatever you do and I look forward to welcoming you all back in the new year.

Stay safe and have lots of fun.

Miss Barnett

Class RN - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

Oh wow! The children have adapted to changes and are now very happy to be in school and learn new things and become independent learners. Merry Christmas children! What a wonderful first term we have had. You have all really embraced life as a Yardley Primary School Member.

This half term, we have had lots of different weather to explore, perfect for our autumn topic. We looked at the trees changing and collected crispy autumn leaves. Can you remember what colour they are? We really enjoyed being outside in Forest School experiencing the weather changes. We also had fun getting muddy, making reindeer, and even having our own campfire.

We have had a lot of celebrations to learn about. We made Diva lights and Rangoli patterns for Diwali, looked how to stay safe at Bonfire night and explored lots of spooky language for Halloween. Of course, we have learnt about Christmas and how it is celebrated around the world, we have even had a visit from Father Christmas, who confirmed we are all on the nice list… keep it up children!

In Maths we have been focusing on careful counting, we remembered the rules of counting to help you. We have had fun counting fruit, pompoms and even teeth! I wonder if you can count your baubles on your tree or the chocolate you can eat over Christmas. We have also explored simple 2D shapes, we looked at their properties and proving how we know which shape is which.

In Phonics we have completed all our alphabet sounds and we are recognising them in words to help us read. We are starting to recall our sound knowledge when writing and we are starting to write simple words.

We have celebrated Anti-Bulling Week, with the theme ‘say one kind word’. RN are so polite, so it was really nice to explore how complimenting each other makes you feel. We discussed what we could do to help people who are feeling sad. There was a lot of laughs when we were telling jokes to make us feel happy!

We have explored how to keep ourselves safe online. We discussed ‘safe adults’ you can talk to if anything makes you feel sad, scared or gives you a ‘funny feeling in my tummy’.

In PE we have been brilliant athletes and practising our ball skills. I think we may have some sports stars in our class.

Thank you for all you support and kindness RN.

I have been extremely proud of you determination RN and I am excited to see you continue to grow and learn in 2022. Have a wonderful Holiday. I can’t wait to see you in 2022!

Reception - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Reception

This half term Reception are learning about:

Celebrations / Story telling / Number


Read about what we will be learning in school and what you can do at home to support this.

C and L (Communication and Language)

In School:

  • To continue to ask appropriate questions.

  • To tell stories, sequence ideas and events.

At Home:

  • Encourage children to talk about different celebrations and ask appropriate questions.

  • Ask your children to tell you a story about a character that interests them.

PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional development)

In School:

  • To take turns and share when playing a game.

  • This term we are developing confidence when facing new challenges and new experiences.

At Home:

  • Play board games.

PD (Physical Development)

In School/At Home

  • To put coat on independently and do it up.

  • To move in a variety of ways such as skipping, hopping and jumping.

  • To gain confidence with scissor control.

  • To continue to develop pencil grip. (Crocodile snap).

Literacy

In School:

  • To use our segmentation skills (splitting up words in to sounds) to build words.

  • To develop letter formation and write own name in cursive.

At Home:

  • Segment and spell three/four letter words e.g hat, cat, dog, frog.

  • Looking for key words in the environment and in print. (Stick sight words up around the house).

  • Read lots of stories and talk about the book.

Maths

In School:

  • Classifying, matching, comparing and ordering.

  • Matching numeral and quantity.

  • Comparing two groups of objects.

  • Counting reliably.

  • Applying knowledge of numbers to solve mathematical problems

At Home:

  • Sorting and matching socks that have been washed.

  • Number formation.

  • Playing board games e.g Snakes and Ladders.

  • Listen to and sing number songs and rhymes.

Understanding of the World

In School/At Home:

  • Show interest in different ways of life.

  • To know about similarities and differences within their community.

Expressive Art and Design

In School:

  • Experiment with colour, texture and resources.

  • To express their feelings through song and dance.

At Home:

  • Role play and build stories around different toys or objects in the home.

  • Singing familiar songs.

Important Information:

PE – Please remember to come to school dressed for PE on the appropriate day.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Forest school starts this term. Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies in school. Both boots should have your child’s name in.


Work at home

Please read with your children every day and write it in their reading diary.

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon and you can also visit our Learning Hub.


Thank you

Class RN - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

Wow, what a great start to Reception in RN. I am very pleased with how you have settled into school. Thank you for your support this half term.

The children have been learning to become independent in RN and I am so pleased to say that most of the children are now putting their coats on independently, finding their drawers and putting their own coats on their peg. Please continue to encourage children to be as independent as possible at home and continue to allow them to practise putting their own coats on.

In Literacy, the children have been learning to identify their name and beginning to write their name. The children are aware that they need a capital letter at the start and rest of the letters are cursive. Continue to practise name writing at home.

In phonics, the children have been learning their sounds and sight words.

Sounds are: s, a, t, p, i, m, d, g, o, c, k.

Words are: the, and, a, to, said, in, he, I, of, it, was, you.

Vocabulary words are:

Sparkle- to shine with points of light

Delicious- yummy, yummy in my tummy.

Terrified- very scared.

In Maths, the children have been practising to count orally every day and experience lots of hands on practical Maths. Please continue to practise counting, singing number songs and identify numerals in the environment. You could also go on a shape hunt and look for shapes in the environment.

Hope you all have a nice break and I will see you soon.

Miss Nahar

Class RD - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss David

RD, I have been completely amazed at how well you have settled in to your first half-term at school. There have been minimal tears and an abundance of beautiful, smiling faces! I am so proud of you all! You have established a great routine, you know exactly where everything is, and you are growing in confidence and independence. Keep up the great work!

This half-term in school, we have been learning all about each other. We have been asking questions and sharing our thoughts and ideas. We have created a self-portrait which is displayed proudly in our classroom and we have also brought in photos of our family to share and discuss with our friends.

We have started learning the sounds of the alphabet and some sight words too! The children are learning them well and are beginning to apply their knowledge to enable them to decode and read simple VC/CVC words. Well done RD! I am very impressed.

We have been learning our numbers too! Mainly through song and games and the children are loving it! I'm sure you have noticed how much more singing they do at home.

PE has proven to be a huge success. We have been playing lots of listening and attention games, our favourite has been 'Musical statues' and 'Grandma's footsteps'. Next term we will be learning some ball skills.

Some children find putting on their own coat, a little tricky. Please practise this at home and help your child become more independent. This would save us a lot of time in class and allow us to focus on other areas of their learning.

Next term, we will begin our Forest school sessions, please remember to bring in a pair of wellies as it does get very muddy over there. Thank you!

Parents, thank you for your on-going support.

Have a restful and well-deserved break RD and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Miss David and Miss Lewis

Class RMB - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Brown

Wow RMB I can’t believe it, we have finished our first half term at school! We have been so busy getting to know each other and exploring life as Yardley Primary School students.

So far this term we have been learning all about our new friends and what makes us special. We started of by painting brilliant self portraits which are displayed in the classroom and on our Twitter page. We had so much fun introducing ourselves and spotting our art work on the walls. I love to see how creative you all are… keep it up!

We have also been very busy learning our letter sounds and names. We already know how to write 12 sounds and we can recognise them in our reading books too! I have loved watching your determination when learning these and the joy you have when you do them by yourself for the first time. This just shows that if you never give up you can do anything.

In maths we have been exploring numbers and colours. My favourite maths activity was fishing for the fish with numbers on! I wonder what yours was?

I have loved seeing your PE skills blossom I think we have a few athletes amongst us!

Next half term we have Forest School, please remember to bring in wellies as we will be having lots of fun with mud, we provide waterproof clothing so this is not required.

Have a lovely half term RMB, give your brains a rest and get ready for another load of fun when you get back.

Miss Brown and Mrs Erdinc

Class RB - Autumn 1

19th October 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

Well RB we have finished our first half term at school and you have been amazing. I am so proud of how well all have you have settled into the school routine and begun your learning journey. It has been a very busy half term getting to know each other and exploring all the resources and activities that are provided each day. I think we all need a week to recharge our batteries ready for the next part of our learning adventure.

So far in school we have been learning all about each other. We have been asking questions and listening to everyone’s experiences and ideas. You have all painted an amazing self-portraits which are displayed in our school hall for everyone to see. You can also see the display on Twitter at the top of our page.

We have begun learning the sounds of the alphabet and I am so impressed with how eager you all are to learn the sounds and apply them to help you read words. RB you are all superstars! We are also learning how to write each letter. This is tricky, but I can see improvements in children’s writing already so don’t give up, continue to show me your enthusiasm and determination.

We are loving our number parties where we get to explore number and demonstrate our knowledge. During number parties we wear number hats, dance, sing and complete challenges, it is so much fun.

PE has proven to be a huge success. We have been playing lots of different games, although our favourite is definitely dodgeball. Next term we will be learning some ball skills.

Some children are still finding putting on their own coat tricky. Please practise this at home and help your child learn to do up their coat independently. This would save us a lot of time in class.

Next term we will begin our Forest school sessions, please remember to bring in a pair of wellies as it does get very muddy over there. We have waterproof suits that children wear to protect their clothing so a change of clothes is not required.

Have a restful half term RB. I can’t wait for more fun with you next term.

Reception - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

9th September 2021 Posted by Reception

This half term our topics in Reception we will be ‘Starting school’, ‘All about me’ and ‘Autumn’.


Physical Development

In school we will be developing skills in holding and using a pencil, developing independence skills in self-care eg going to the toilet, putting on own coat. Our PE lessons will also begin this term, children should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Support your child in becoming independent in the skills above.

Important Information:

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

We advise parents to take earrings out if possible as plasters need to be managed independently by the children – teacher‘s cannot put plasters on or take them off.


Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to develop our attention by listening to stories, practising following simple instructions and sharing our own experiences with others.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Share stories with your child.

Give your child sets of instructions to follow at home, eg first eat your breakfast, then brush your teeth.

To share memories of important events at autumn.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our learning this term will be to say when we do or don’t need help, to form good relationships with adults and children in school.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage your child to verbalise their needs and use good manners.


Literacy

This term our learning focus will be to give meaning to marks as we draw, write and paint. This will be extended so that children begin to form recognisable letters in order to write their name. We will be paying particular attention to the way that letters are formed so that children are able to form letters cursively. Children who are already writing their names will be learning to write their surname, use capital letters and finger spaces correctly and keep the height and size of letters correct.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage children to identify recognisable letters in the environment and make links to their own name.

To practise writing their name.


Maths

In school we will be using number names and number language appropriately. We will also be developing children’s knowledge of shape and space by playing with shapes and making arrangements with objects.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Discuss shapes around the home. How many can you find?

Look at numbers in the environment. What number is on your door?


Understanding of the World

Activities we will be doing in school that you can do at home:

Talk about special times or events for family or friends.

Encourage children to comment and ask questions about the world around them.


Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be experimenting with colour, texture and resources. Expressing our feelings through song and dance.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Role play

Build stories around different toys or objects in the home.

Explore rhythm and movements to songs.


Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies and a water bottle in school (don’t forget to label them).

Reading at home: This half term each child will receive a reading diary, please ensure that it is used and brought to school every day in their book bag. Please do not bring rucksacks as these do not fit in drawers and damage our books.

Please can you also make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.


Important dates:

Roald Dahl Day (dress up) —Monday 13th September

National Poetry Day – Wednesday 7th October

Class RN - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

​Wow! It has been an amazing time getting to know you all. I firstly want to thank you all for your continuous positivity and support. It truly has been an adventure with you all.


Summer 2 learning in RN

We had 3 week of Little Red Riding Hood which was extremely fascinating and the children loved learning to re-write the story using key features of a narrative. The children thoroughly enjoyed becoming authors.

During the summer holiday, you can help your child make up their own stories using these key features for the beginning, middle and end part of the story. Please focus on using adjectives to describe character, setting and feelings. Remember to use punctuation, check grammar and spellings. Encourage your child to use all their phase 2 and 3 phonics.


Key features of a narrative bank

Beginning- Character and Setting

Once upon a time

A long time ago

Early one morning

One day


Middle-Problem in the story

Suddenly…

But then…

Unfortunately

All of a sudden


Ending-Resolution in the story

Luckily

Fortunately

They lived happily ever after.

The end


In Maths we began to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as counting in Spanish. Then we consolidated our learning and worked with numbers within 20. We counted on and back on the number track making addition and subtraction number sentences. We also learnt the days of the week, sequence time and events, doubling and halving. Finally we did some number bonds to 10 in preparation for Year 1.

During the summer holiday, you could consolidate on these and get the children to practise counting and recognising their numbers and shapes (2d and 3D).

A holiday pack will be available online for you to work throughout the summer if you wish to do so.

Hope you all have a great Summer holiday. Good luck in Year 1. I will miss you all very much. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Hope you enjoyed their virtual graduation.

Have a very happy Summer holiday

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

So for our final term in Reception we have been learning all about the story Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, rewritten it and thought about the different features that are needed in a story. We have read lots of different versions of the story, so we know that fairy tales are not always retold exactly the same way. We even made up our own endings!

In maths we have been practising all we have learnt this year. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, using numbers to 20 (and beyond) to solve problems by adding, subtracting, halving and doubling. We have even been learning and exploring number bonds to 10. Phew! What a busy term.

We recently enjoyed our sports day and have explored recreating famous art works by Matisse, Van Gogh and Kandinsky.

I can't believe that we are at the end of the school year RB. We have had so much fun over the past year despite everything that has been going on in the world around us. I still remember your first day here at Yardley Primary when you astounded me with how well you came into school it was as though you had been doing it for years. You have been a truly amazing class and I look forward to watching you grow as you progress through the school.

Thank you for a fabulous year, enjoy the summer and I will see you soon,

Miss Barnett​

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss David

For our final term in Reception, we have been learning all about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, re-written parts of it and watched an animated version of it.

In maths, we have been recapping and consolidating our learning. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, we have been working with numbers up to 20 to solve problems involving adding, subtracting, doubling and halving. We have also been learning and exploring number bonds to 10.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their Sports Day too! They behaved sensibly and listened very well. Their physical development has improved so much this year and it really showed in their performance, on the day.

​I can't believe it is our final term in Reception. The children have been on an incredible journey and I hope they have enjoyed every minute of it. I know I have! I feel honoured to have met such a lovely bunch of kind and caring children. Thank you for being so amazing RD, seeing you all flourish has been so beautiful to watch and be part of. I will miss you all incredibly!

Enjoy the summer holidays! See you soon!

Miss David and Mrs Erdinc​

Class RG - Summer 2

29th June 2021 Posted by Mrs Ankcorn-Lane

Oh my gosh the end of the year is in sight! It has gone so quickly,I can't believe I will have to say goodbye to my lovely class very soon!

This term we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we have been writing our own versions of the story making sure that we use key features of a narrative. We enjoy the pasrt when the big bad wolf comes into the story!

In maths we have been looking at counting along a number line, we have used pizzas to help us with halving, we have doubled on butterflies and we have used Farmer Pete's sheep to help us make our number bonds to ten.

In RE we have learnt about refugees and asylum seekers and we have celebrated art week where we have let our creative sides out. We focussed particularly on observational drawing.

In PE we have been training for the Olympics! We have practised the shot put and the races amongst other events.

Well it really is time to say goodbye. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach RG this year. I wish you all the best for Year One and I hope you have a very happy summer holiday. Rest well so you are ready to impress your new teacher in September!